The fresh outbreak of polio recorded in some part of Nigeria was a reflection of institutional failure in virtually all sectors of the nation, a professor of Economic Health at the University of Ilorin, Bello Abdulgafar Raji has said.
He said the same factors responsible for the relapse of poliomyelitis in Nigeria “can be linked to the larger problem affecting the whole society.”
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole had, on August 11, 2016 confirmed an outbreak of fresh wild polio virus (WPV), in Borno State, coming after Nigeria celebrated two years without a polio case.
Adewole said the outbreak affected two children from Gwoza and Jere local government areas of the state.
Raji who delivered a lecture entitled “One problem too many” at an investiture in Ilorin, at the weekend, said “there is complete failure in all institutions in Nigeria,” and said some of the factors attributed to be the causes of polio in Nigeria included cultural, religious, political reasons and Boko Haram activities.
“are all ruse. What I see as the cause of polio in Nigeria today
According to him,some of the factors attributed to be the causes of polio in Nigeria including cultural,religious political reasons and Boko-harram activities “are all ruse. What I see as the cause of polio in Nigeria today is because Nigeria cannot boast of what I called health road map”.
He said the recent pronouncement by the minister of health that Nigeria needed at least another 10,000 hospitals in was unnecessary because according to him,the existing ones were not properly equipped.
“What you see are structures without equipment, you see structures, no doctors, you see structures, no drugs…How then can you eradicate. Poliomyelitis”.
Describing Nigeria as a “planless Economy”,the economic expert,said Nigeria suffered a set back in the efforts of eradicating polio just like it did in other sectors because of lack of planning.
“The major cause of Poliomyelitis is because people don’t have access to portable water,how much will it cost,the road to access health care all are also bad.
“Nigeria is a planless economy,Nigeria is a country that fails to plan that is why we fail in all other sectors .Some people cannot even say the number of children they have, data makes no meaning to us”.
He said for the country to come out of the current economic challenges and successfully eradicate polio,she must put and end to these” lakackdisical attitudes and eradicate corruption
The newly installed Rotary president, in his acceptance speech said “our star project this year is addressing water and sanitation problem in some identified communities across the three senatorial district of the state”.
The benefiting communities according to him,are Tsaragi in Kwara North,Oke-Ode in Kwara South and Koro in Ekiti as well as some communities in Ilorin.
Julius also said the club will equip a Science Laboratory in Government Day Secondary,Kulende to compliment government’s efforts in providing quality education.